Is there any reader on the planet who has yet to be captivated by the romance writer extraordinaire duo Christina Lauren? Whether you fell in love with Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating or escaped to Hawaii with The Unhoneymooners or maybe even relived your own first love in Twice in a Blue Moon, this duo has taken readers by storm! As fast as these ladies churn out books (twice a year!), we all want more books like theirs. Without further ado, here are 20 books you’ll adore if you love Christina Lauren romances!
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
The follow-up to 2019’s debut hit, The Friend Zone, brings us antics, charm and wit, dogs, and of course, one of the most captivating romances of the year between a grieving Sloan and a superstar musician, Jason.
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
A group of men who read romance novels in a book club to help them be better partners to their women? Sign me up. When chef Liv Papandreas loses her job at a trendy restaurant due to a #MeToo situation, the last person she expects to help her is Braden Mack. Inspired by the romantic suspense in his book club, Mack sets out to help Liv get justice, but somewhere along the way, they may just want to find each other.
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
Dominic and Rosie Vega’s marriage is so on the rocks it’s basically a boulder. In a last-ditch effort to see if what they have is worth saving, they pull out all the (very steamy) stops, including some antics directed by their hippie marriage counselor, and hope they can rekindle what was once there before it’s too late.
A Favor For a Favor by Helena Hunting
No one, and I mean no one, does sports romance quite like Helena Hunting. The enemies-to-lovers slow burn between gruff hockey player Bishop and his neighbor Stevie (who also happens to be his team captain’s sister!) will have you looking for a hockey player of your own to romance.
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
When three strong women discover they’ve all been duped by the same man, they make a pact to swear off men for six months. Of course, this is the exact moment Samiah, a talented coder and developer, meets Daniel at work and is immediately drawn to him. Is Daniel all she’s been waiting for, or is he a little too good to be true? And what about the pact she made?
Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
When a live-tweet event of two strangers in a coffee shop goes viral, extremely private former model Katrina is unwillingly thrust into the spotlight. In a quest for some privacy, Katrina escapes with her gorgeous bodyguard, Jas, to his family’s remote farm. A private farm with the object of her desires, what could possibly go wrong?
Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne
What happens when a fake romance for the tabloids turns into the real deal? When best friends Clark and Naomi fake an engagement to get their families and press off their backs, the last thing they expect is to truly find love with one another.
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
Meg, a hand-letterer dubbed “The Planner of Park Slope,” has become famous for her beautiful journals and wedding programs, which she sometimes hides subliminal messages in (unintentionally, of course). So when she knows Reid Sutherland’s engagement is doomed and weaves a secret into the program design, the last person Meg expects to see darkening her doorstep is Reid, himself. And… he’s single.
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
When the mother of four (and really a mother to the whole Harlem community) passes away unexpectedly, her four sons decide to keep her knitting shop open and continue Mama Strong’s legacy. Part-time employee Kerry has always had a crush on Jesse Strong, but working with Jesse to save his mother’s legacy will bring them closer than ever before.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
The Worst Best Man centers around a wedding planner who was left at the altar the day of her own wedding. Ironic right? Fast forward three years and Lina Santos has moved on with her life and is interviewing for her dream job as a wedding concierge where she’s set to be paired with a marketing expert. Enter marketing expert, Max. Funny, handsome, charming, oh, and he just happens to be the brother of the man who left Lina at the altar three years prior.
The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
Returning home to her family after losing her boyfriend and her job, Layla Patel turns to her parents for support. Unbeknownst to her, Layla’s father creates a dating profile for her and begins setting up dates. Sharing an office with Layla in her father’s space is Sam Mehta, who doesn’t quite know how to handle the influx of suitors showing up to meet Layla. In tight quarters, tension and banter fly between Sam and Layla, but is there more to their squabbles?
Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
Powerhouse attorney Bridget is wildly successful in all areas of her life – except in love, that is. Refusing to show up to her brother’s wedding solo, Bridget convinces intern Matt to be her date to the Vegas-based wedding. After all, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But what happens when you come home with a ring?
A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos
Chef Lumi Santana has a unique gift: she can feel a person’s emotions when she tastes their cooking. When Lumi takes a job working as a sous-chef for the temperamental, rigid Julien Dax, she vows never to taste his cooking. However, once she gives in and takes a bite, all bets are off.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
A viral Twitter feud turns into the most unexpected of romances for perfectionist Pepper and class clown Jack. While the world is watching them at war on Twitter, they are unknowingly falling for each other via an anonymous chat app.
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
Bradley Graeme is a star football player and student. He manages his OCD (mostly) while also trying to manage the classes he has with his ex bestie, Celine. Celine Bangura has a following on social media that loves her conspiracy theorist opinions, something she is obsessed with. Yet, she isn’t quite cool enough for the in crowd like Brad, who totally abandoned her for popularity years ago. Rivalry pushes the two together in unexpected ways and the two teens find themselves taking the same survival course, teaming up to try and win a grand prize. As they trudge through the mud, they find themselves remembering the good parts of their relationship, and wondering if the past will change the potential of a new one.
A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan
Hailey Sharp has an entrepreneurial mind, and her main focus right now is her salad shop, By the Cup. With a bad ex in the rearview, Hailey is determined to avoid distractions. Wes Jansen isn’t big on love. The pain from his parents’ divorce and bad first dates has him content to find someone he likes, not loves. Companionship over passion. When Wes and Hailey have a disastrous first meeting, they both leave embarrassed. An apology strikes a friendship that the two are determined to keep at just that: friendship. Surely nothing could go wrong.
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa
When Solange Pereira gets roped into helping her wedding planner cousin help a couple on their big day, she stumbles upon a suspicious situation that has the romantic in her wanting to save the day. The save the unsuspecting groom from making a horrible mistake, Solange has to crash the wedding and make things right. After his plan to start a family goes up in smoke, ex-groom Dean Chapman learns he must be wed in order to get his sought after promotion, he claims to be in love with the woman who crashed his wedding. But what starts out as a pretend dating sham starts to feel more real as the two create a connection that neither of them saw coming.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Literary agent Nora Stephens is not like the heroines in the books she reads, and she reads a lot. When well-meaning little sister Libby convinces Nora to go to Sunshine Falls for some sister time, she hopes she’ll experience some self-development—but running into brooding editor Charlie Lastra is not the small town vision she had in mind. Having met many times before, the run-ins with Charlie are far from meet-cute. Thrown together in Sunshine Falls, Charlie and Nora just might learn more about themselves than any book they’ve read before.
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Kristen Peterson is a no drama, no nonsense type of girl. She doesn’t have time for those that don’t get her. Her secret? She has to undergo a surgery that will leave her unable to have children. While planning her best friend’s wedding, Kristen meets the funny and sexy Josh Copeland, and even her dog seems to love him. But Josh obviously wants a big family one day, so Kristen knows she must keep him at arms length, despite how difficult that proves to be.
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